This state-of-the-art centre for youth ministry was opened for retreats in September 2014, continuing the great work of the Stratford-upon Avon site. Following extensive and ongoing consultation, we have included a beautiful upper-room chapel, a spacious dining room, contemporary and reflective discussion spaces, informal communal areas, and en-suite bedrooms throughout. As well as comprehensive audio-visual facilities, all meeting spaces are equipped with Wi-Fi and loop systems are installed in the main meeting room and chapel. The Soli team works with groups of up to 40. The main house sleeps 40 plus staff.
We are committed to ensuring your students experience a retreat that is personal and relevant. To this end, we pioneer a tailored retreat that guarantees a varied programme which includes: prayer, challenging activities, catechesis, discussion and the celebration of the sacraments. You can either select your preferred theme when booking or entrust us with building a suitable programme for your group.
The Pillars of cloud and fire
"By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” Exodus 13:21-22
Designed by Soli director Jon Cornwall, and created as part of an art workshop at Brightlights, a Catholic Young Adults Festival, in 2013. Influenced by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik who goes by the name of Nice Jewish Artist.
The awesome surroundings of the Lord Shrewsbury draw young people to God, as the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands and picturesque Churnet Valley truly show forth the work of His hands. Whether cycling through Dimmingsdale, walking the Croxden Abbey pilgrimage or simply taking in the stunning viewpoints - young people grow in appreciation of the beauty of the world which points beyond ourselves towards the majesty of God.
In keeping with our lovely environment, we promote healthy and ethical living in mind, soul and body. Our catering team takes great pride in providing freshly made, locally sourced, tasty and balanced meals.
We have developed a wide range of activities that can be used to adapt a retreat once it is in progress. We know the benefit of creating space during a retreat for students to choose their own path: to ask questions, to begin to own their faith, and to remain in prayer for as long as they feel comfortable. As we get to know your students, we are able to discern which session is the most appropriate for them, be it discussion, something creative, dramatic or even eating insects! All young people on retreat here are treated like adults and we have a great array of meaningful and challenging sessions to inspire them.
Once we have received a booking and your chosen theme, we will do our best to help promote your retreat in schools, as appropriate. This might involve providing a poster campaign, videos, online material or even arranging a year group assembly. We are happy to assist in your preparation for the retreat in whatever way we can.
We are happy to offer one free place for every group of 30 young people that come to us for a residential retreat.
Our development does not stop here! We hope to expand our current accommodation and are exploring options to incorporate further unique activities. This could include the expansion of local tributaries to allow for the addition of water-based activities to our Summer programme.
Soli - New Centre for Youth Ministry
Telephone number: 01538 703 224
Fax: 01538 703 613
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